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GUEST POST: A candle at the end of the tunnel?

2020-10-05T17:30:44+02:00Mon, 5th Oct '20, 09:53|

As predicted the Nationalist Party has a new leader, Bernard Grech. Saturday’s election result proved that all surveys pointing to his victory were correct. He won 69% of the tesserati vote. That is quite a feat, seeing that Robert Abela managed about 57% of the delegate vote in his electoral victory over Chris Fearne. A [...]

GUEST POST: Collusion

2020-09-30T09:26:15+02:00Wed, 30th Sep '20, 09:26|

col·​lu·​sion | \ kə-ˈlü-zhən \ Definition of collusion: secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose acting in collusion with the enemy. The collusion between criminal and crooked mafiosi politicians with high police officers is now well known to one and all. The testimonies coming out of the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry and the compilation of evidence against Yorgen [...]

GUEST POST: What time and price for justice?

2020-09-28T12:58:21+02:00Mon, 28th Sep '20, 12:58|

Robert Abela, our prime minister, successor of the most corrupt political person in the world, has put an ultimatum for the shutting down of the Daphne Caruana Galizia public inquiry. The inquiry into the assassination of the journalist will be extended only one time until the 15th December, says Robert Abela. The prime minister said: [...]

GUEST POST: Tangled priorities

2020-09-22T09:29:10+02:00Tue, 22nd Sep '20, 09:29|

Last November, the Times of London published an article headed “The Island of Corruption” and alleged that Malta is “riddled with corruption and organised crime”. A study by Luca Ranieri of the Department of Law and Politics of Sant’Anna School in Pisa describes Malta as “a corrupting island in a corrupting sea.” He insists that [...]

GUEST POST: Holier-than-thou

2020-09-15T10:56:17+02:00Tue, 15th Sep '20, 08:07|

We are all sinful. The trouble is that some men consider themselves less sinful than others or holier than others – Bangambiki Habyarimanai So the Partit Laburista, in the name of good governance and transparency, wants the due diligence conducted by the PN Electoral Commission to be made public. They, at least, did not have [...]

GUEST POST: Come October

2020-09-12T11:13:23+02:00Sat, 12th Sep '20, 11:13|

Detail of front cover of "Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia" by Gattaldo. The original Roman calendar had only ten months, and October was the eighth month. January and February hadn’t been added to the calendar yet. Like its neighbouring months September, November, and December, the numerical name stuck even after Julius Caesar expanded the [...]

GUEST POST: Bernard, Adrian and the Labour trolls

2020-09-10T10:28:23+02:00Thu, 10th Sep '20, 10:28|

I just cannot fathom why the Partit Laburista has been attacking Dr Bernard Grech ever since he declared his candidature for the leadership of the Partit Nazzjonalista. Likewise, I cannot understand the Labour Party’s defence of Dr Adrian Delia. Imagine Eddie Fenech Adami publicly rooting for Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici or Alfred Sant or their internal [...]

GUEST POST: What are servants for?

2020-09-09T16:51:35+02:00Wed, 9th Sep '20, 16:51|

The word ‘Minister’ originates from the Old French menistrer “to serve, administer, attend, wait on” and directly from Latin ministrare “to serve, attend wait upon” from minister “inferior, servant”. Lately, the public has seen and heard about the work of a number of our formidable ministers. Their words and actions are for you to judge. [...]

GUEST POST: Look into my eyes

2020-09-07T10:31:56+02:00Mon, 7th Sep '20, 10:31|

While giving evidence at the public inquiry about the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017, Alfred Camilleri, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Finance, said that in the parliament building last year “someone had told me 'look me in the eyes and say I am not involved in anything',” while people were protesting [...]

GUEST POST: He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

2020-09-05T08:40:27+02:00Sat, 5th Sep '20, 08:40|

“It's a long, long road, from which there is no return While we're on the way to there, why not share? And the long doesn't way me down at all He ain't heavy - he's my brother.” In 1969, The Hollies, a British rock group, released the song ‘He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother’ which [...]

GUEST POST: The scumbag and friends

2020-09-04T21:24:04+02:00Thu, 3rd Sep '20, 17:50|

John Sweeney of the BBC interviewed Joseph Muscat in January 2018 and called him the ‘Artful Dodger of Europe’ and ‘passport-seller-in-chief’. Today these adjectives look more like a compliment than an criticism. When, during that interview, Sweeney asked Joseph Muscat what has been the effect of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Malta's [...]

GUEST POST: Pecunia Dirige Nos

2020-08-31T18:58:08+02:00Mon, 31st Aug '20, 18:57|

The police have lost all that they had gained. They had won over the respect and the support of the Maltese people. The people used to look up to them, the criminal used to worry about the police; nowadays it is like everything has turned topsy-turvy. – Beppe Fenech Adami A recent Eurobarometer survey that [...]

GUEST POST: How to mismanage a pandemic

2020-08-21T12:00:48+02:00Fri, 21st Aug '20, 12:00|

The debacle started a little over a month ago when positive coronavirus cases started to dwindle. The health professionals warned that a second wave of covid-19 would hit Malta. Prime Minister Robert Abela rubbished the warnings claiming that “waves are in the sea”. He even accused doctors of scaremongering the public because they were envious [...]

GUEST POST: Octopus’s Garden

2020-08-19T09:16:39+02:00Wed, 19th Aug '20, 09:16|

Cosa Nostra is the Italian mafia organisation that originated in Sicily in the 19th century and forms an association of criminal groups that share a common code of conduct. The basic group is called cosca, a family or clan. Each family takes over a territory, usually a village or town in which it operates. Although [...]

GUEST POST: Ineptocracy

2020-08-17T08:02:57+02:00Mon, 17th Aug '20, 08:02|

Ineptocracy is a system of government where the least capable to lead the country are elected and put in power. Malta is the perfect case study. Premier Robert Abela took centre stage after Health Minister Chris Fearne and Professor Charmaine Gauci, Superintendent for Public Health, managed to control the first wave of Covid-19, working through [...]

GUEST POST: One condescending Prime Minister

2020-08-11T08:13:46+02:00Tue, 11th Aug '20, 08:13|

When last January, Robert Abela was sworn in as prime minister to replace the corrupt Joseph Muscat who was forced to resign by civil society, people thought that at last, Malta would have a down-to-earth humble man to lead it. He played his boy scout role to perfection with much ‘I love our country’ while [...]

GUEST POST: Every nation deserves the government they have

2020-08-05T10:58:57+02:00Wed, 5th Aug '20, 10:58|

“Every nation deserves the government they have” -- Joseph de Maistre. Absolutely true. Malta is a fine example. For the Maltese, democracy means that they can vote every five years. They cast their vote on election day and then go on about their lives as usual until the next election and in between they do [...]

GUEST POST: An open letter to Adrian Delia

2020-08-03T08:48:59+02:00Mon, 3rd Aug '20, 08:48|

Dear Adrian, Let me say it at the beginning. As a man and a lawyer, I respect you. You know the reasons so I will not elaborate. But unfortunately you do not have what it takes to be a political party leader. To be leader of a party you need to have a vision. You [...]

GUEST POST: What a week

2020-08-01T16:38:03+02:00Sat, 1st Aug '20, 16:38|

Harold Wilson in the mid-1960s said that “a week is a long time in politics”. Indeed, during this past week, we had enough news to keep us occupied reading inside under the air conditioner and forgetting the sweltering heat outside. As October looms, money laundering prosecutions remain worryingly low ahead of a crucial second Moneyval [...]

GUEST POST: Light at the end of the tunnel?

2020-07-29T10:26:51+02:00Wed, 29th Jul '20, 10:26|

Possibly, after three years in limbo, the Partit Nazzjonalista may finally be seeing a glimpse of light at the end of the long dark tunnel. Maybe. This week the General Council will decide whether a vote of confidence in Adrian Delia or an election by the councillors and tesserati for a new leader will take [...]

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